How are Olympic torch bearers chosen?

Torchbearers were chosen by central sports organizations; some torchbearers who were chosen had narrowly missed qualifying to compete in the Games.

How are Olympic torch bearers selected?

Until the 1970s, the torch-bearers were mainly athletes selected by the Organising Committees for the Games (Berlin 1936), the government (Rome 1960), sports organisations (London 1948, Helsinki 1952 and Stockholm 1956) or National Olympic Committees (Munich 1972). These torch-bearers were young, male athletes.

How do they determine who lights the Olympic torch?

Who gets to light the Olympic cauldron? The final torchbearer, who lights the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, is typically a famous athlete, or athletes, from the host country.

Do Olympic torch bearers keep their torch?

The Olympic torch relay in the host country ends with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony in the central host stadium of the Games. The final carrier is often kept unannounced until the last moment.

Why do people run with the Olympic torch?

A modern invention inspired by practices from ancient Greece, the Olympic Torch Relay heralds the start of the Olympic Games and transmits a message of peace and friendship along its route.

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Has anyone ever dropped the Olympic torch?

In an inspirational sequence, Marcia Malsar fell and dropped her torch, got back up and finished her relay leg during the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

How far do people run with the Olympic torch?

2020 Summer Olympics torch relay

Host city Tokyo, Japan
Distance 20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi)
Theme Hope Lights Our Way
Start date 12 March 2020 (Greece) 25 March 2021 (Japan relay)
End date 25 March 2020 (Japan) 23 July 2021 (Japan relay)

What does the Olympic torch symbolize?

“It makes you realise the meaning of the flame and that it is a symbol of the Olympic message of peace, friendship, tolerance and hope. When people see the flame, they begin to properly realise the Games are here, and it always brings a good feeling to a nation.

What do the Olympic rings symbolize?

The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

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